It’s no secret that we’re eagerly awaiting the October 16 premiere of Spike Jonze’s interpretation of ‘Where the Wild Things Are‘. And clearly, we’re not alone. The folks at New York’s Museum of Modern Art are celebrating the film with an exhibition, “Spike Jonze: The First 80 Years,” the director’s first-ever retrospective, part of the Filmmaker in Focus series, which runs from October 8 through 18.
The retrospective includes screenings of Jonze’s feature films (‘Being John Malkovitch‘, ‘Adaptation‘), music videos (Björk, Fatboy Slim), documentaries (‘Heavy Metal in Baghdad‘, a doc about an underground Iraqi metal band, co-produced by Jonze for Vice Films) and commercials. Also on tap are the films that inspired the director, including the 1979 children’s film ‘The Black Stallion‘, which Jonze’s and ‘WTWTA’ screenwriter Dave Eggers looked to for inspiration, and a world-premiere doc about Jonze’s collaborative filmmaking efforts. If you can’t make it to Manhattan, check out this interview with the director Maurice Sendark calls a “meshuggener.”
image: Spike Jonze and Meryl Streep on the set of Adaptation. 2002. USA. Directed by Spike Jonze. © Brigitte Lacombe.